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Why IPG Photonics Corporation Jumped 10.6% Today

By Anders Bylund – May 2, 2017 at 12:09PM

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The laser systems specialist crushed Wall Street's first-quarter targets last night and followed up with rosy guidance for the next period.

What happened

Shares of IPG Photonics (IPGP 1.26%) rose as much as 10.6% on Tuesday morning, following Monday night's release of strong first-quarter results.

So what

IPG's revenue soared 38% higher year over year, landing at $286 million. On the bottom line, earnings increased by 50% to $1.38 per diluted share. Analysts would have settled for earnings near $1.20 per share on something like $254 million in top-line sales.

Handful of fiber-optic cables.

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Now what

The maker of high-power fiber lasers and optical amplifiers enjoyed a torrential order flow from China and Eastern Europe. Sales in the materials processing division jumped 33% to $264 million, but the so-called other applications segment's revenue surged 140% higher due to increasing interest in lasers for telecom equipment applications.

Looking ahead, IPG's earnings guidance for the second quarter stopped at $1.60 per share alongside a revenue target near $330 million. Both of these projections ran far ahead of Wall Stret's current views.

IPG shares are now trading at fresh all-time highs, including a 47% gain over the last six months. Investors did not interpret this report as a buy signal for fiber-optic stocks in general, as other companies in the space reported weaker results last night.

Anders Bylund has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends IPG Photonics. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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